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Nick Davies

The Cottage in the Wood Hotel
A former strategy consultant and civil servant advising on energy, corporate restructure, government and venture capital, Nick Davies left London in 2015 to take on the ownership and management of the 30-bedroom hotel The Cottage in the Wood in the Malvern Hills. Together with his wife Julia, Nick is managing a three-phase refurbishment of the hotel, which began in January 2017. The couple are drawing upon their extensive knowledge of and passion for hotels and travel to create a destination hotel, restaurant and bar.

Since Nick and Julia have owned the hotel, revenue has increased by more than 40% in both F&B and overnight stays, largely down to a complete overhaul of the structure of the business, implemented by Nick.

A few months ago, Nick secured £2.1 million from The Cumberland Building Society enabling the complete refurbishment of the entire property by 2020, two years ahead of schedule.

In addition to applying his management consultancy expertise to the redevelopment of The Cottage in the Wood, Nick now advises investors on boutique hotel acquisitions across the UK. He speaks at hotel industry conferences and is a member of the steering group committee for the luxury hotel sector’s Independent Hotel Show.